Thaddeus Ward Salem Red Sox Pitcher

       
 
Age: 22
Born: January 16, 1997
Birthplace: Fort Myers, FL
Height: 6-3
Weight: 185
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 5th round, 2018 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: Central Florida
High School: Bishop Verot Catholic (FL)
ETA: Late 2021

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First Pro Contract: June 15, 2018 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Stephen Hargett
Signing Bonus: $275,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2021
MLFA Eligible: November 2024
   
Pro Debut: July 4, 2018 (Lowell)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/20): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2020): MiLB contract
   
Twitter: @TWard_12
Instagram: @thaddeus_ward_32

 
 
 
 
 
     
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  Physical Description: Athletic right-hander with some projection in his upper body.

Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm slot from the first base side. Starts in the stretch but then steps like he is throwing from the wind-up. Loose arm action. Stab behind during his delivery. Comes across body. Arm gets out of sync of the rest of his delivery at times. Gets good extension. Maintains delivery deep into games.

Fastball: Four-seam and sinker.  91-95 mph. Four-seamer tops out at 96 mph. Pitch shows late movement down and in on right-handed hitters. Could add velocity as he matures. Potential plus offering.

Cutter: 87-88 mph. Two-seam grip similar to Rick Porcello. New pitch to his arsenal for the 2019 season which he has really taken to. Late horizontal movement. Serves as a very nice compliment to his fastball which shows run.

Slider: 81-83 mph true slider. Horizontal shape. Ideal sidespin. Pitch shows bite and has strong feel. Can throw for strikes in the zone or bury it down and out of the zone when ahead in the count. Potential plus offering.

Curveball: 76-79 mph. Vertical, 12-6 shape. Pitch is more of a show me offering at this point.
  Changeup: 84-86 mph. Throws with deceptive arm speed. Pitch shows fade and looks like a fastball until late. Can be on the firm side, but flashed average potential in 2018. Hasn't incorporated the pitch during the 2019 season, seemingly dropping it in favor of a cutter.

Career Notes: Was named first team All-American Conference in 2018 after his junior season. Strikeout rate jumped considerably over college career. Was moved to the rotation upon signing. Participated in the 2018 Fall Instructional League.

Summation: Projects as a swingman type, though with addition of new cutter now has a much better chance to start. Will show three at least averageish pitches now with the fastball, cutter, and slider flashing above-average to plus potential. Ability to stick as a starter will depend on improvement of fastball command and refinement of secondaries pitches.

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    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
2016 Central Florida NCAA Coll --- 19 1 2 0.333 5.85 13 1 0 20.0 18 14 13 0 11 14 1.60 0.79 4.95
  2017 Central Florida NCAA Coll --- 20 4 0 1.000 2.29 26 1 1 35.1 36 13 9 0 12 32 1.36 2.67 8.15
  2018 Central Florida NCAA Coll --- 21 4 4 0.500 3.27 22 5 2 63.1 46 28 23 1 26 84 1.14 3.23 11.94
  2018 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 21 0 3 0.000 3.77 11 11 0 31.0 33 21 13 2 12 27 1.45 2.25 7.84
  2019 Greenville SAL A Bos 22 5 2 0.714 1.99 13 13 0 72.1 51 24 16 2 35 87 1.05 2.49 10.82
  2019 Salem Car A+ Bos 22 3 3 0.500 2.33 12 12 0 54.0 38 15 14 4 32 70 1.30 2.19 11.67
   
     
    2020 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
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  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  2019 South Atlantic League All-Star
2019 Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year
  SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (May 13-19, 2019)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (May 20-26, 2019)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Month (May 2019)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (June 3-9, 2019)
2019 SoxProspects.com All-Star
2019 SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Year
 
   

   
     
     
     
 
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